Khopra Trek Via Poon Hill 8-Days

Khopra Trek Via Poon Hill

Trip Highlights

The Khopra Danda trek (also known as the Khopra Ridge trek) is a great alternative to the more popular (and more crowded) Ghorepani trek, taking you higher still to another great view-point of the Annapurnas.

If you’re looking for the perfect week-long trek, a little off-the-beaten-path and with great views, Khopra Trek Via Poon Hill trek is a great choice. Khopra Trek Via Poon Hill combines the best of what Nepal has to offer: amazing mountain views, pastoral villages, and rice fields layered on top of each other, descending down into the valley. The best part is that so few people know about it.

The route follows a local trail that takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up another ridge, known as “Khopra Ridge”. Without a doubt, one of the best short treks in Nepal.

The route follows the same trail to Ghorepani but then dips down into the valley before climbing back up again to a ridge (Khopra Danda) north of Poon Hill. This takes about a day unless you want to break it up into two days and stay at a teahouse in the village Swanta. Atop the ridge, you’ll find a single teahouse run by a caretaker that comes up each day from the villages below.

From Khopra Danda, it takes a day to reach Tatopani where you can catch a bus back to Pokhara (you’ll have to switch in a nearby town on the way). As you descend back down into the valley, you’ll pass through villages and terraces and can stop for lunch or even spend an extra night in one of the village teahouses. At Tatopani, you’ll find a built-up hot spring open to the public.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 3,660m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

After breakfast, we drive to the road head at Nayapul and start your trek to Birethati and continue to follow the trail along Modi River, walk up to Ghandruk (2012m). Ghandruk is a mountain village inhabited mainly by the ethnic caste of Gurungs; this village is famous for being a major recruiting source of Gurkha soldiers for both British and Indian Army. Most of the houses are of traditional design however there are now a few newer concrete buildings being constructed these days. There are fine views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre from Ghandruk. Stay in a tea house lodge.

From Ghandruk continue upwards through Deurali and into the forest of rhododendron and over a small pass to Tadapani.

After Tadapani we leave the main trail and for the next five days, we will walk in the more remote area of the Annapurna region while staying at a network of community lodges. This is a lovely walk through rhododendron and oak forest following a trail originally used by villagers from Ghandruk to take their buffaloes, sheep and goats to the higher pastures in the summer months. The trail starts to ascend above the tree line and follows a ridge to Deurali and then continues up to Bayeli Kharka where the first community lodge is located. From the lodge, the view to the west is dominated by Mt.Dhaulagiri (8167m).

This section of the trail is on a grassy slope and traverses through the pasture with a number of herder’s huts and yak grazing. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal as well as Himalayan tahr on the grassy ridge high above the trail.

From Upper Chistibung lodge there is a steady ascent through alpine meadows and pastures then as one reach Kopra ridge one sees the tip of Annapurna South. However, it is only on arrival at Kopra community lodge that the full panorama is revealed -Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna Fang and South can all be seen. After lunch, it is well worth going for a short walk down Kopra ridge to a viewpoint overlooking Kali Gandaki river far below in this deep valley.

It takes hours of descent to get back down to Upper Chistibung community lodge, it is worth stopping for the drink then carry on down to Swanta village. Along the way, we got more views of Mt.Dhaulagiri with this mountain providing a lovely backdrop to the terraced fields and traditional houses in the nearby villages. At Swanta village it is worth visiting Swanta Primary school.

An hour or so after leaving Swanta village we join the main trail to Ghorepani where there are of course others trekkers making one appreciate the quieter days walking along the Khopra ridge.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport picks up and transfers to hotel.
  • One night hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by deluxe tourist bus.
  • Bus station to hotel by car.
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara (Before and after trek).
  • Pokhara to Nayapul to Pokhara by Private Car.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Tea/Coffee).
  • Accommodation along the trek.
  • An experience Guide (salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging included). Porter (One porter for two trekkers, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging included.
  • Equipment: Down Jacket, Sleeping Bag, Rain Coat (Return after the trek).
  • All Legal Document (TIMS, Permit etc).
  • Dry fruits along the trek.
  • Token of love for the company.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Private Car Drop Service to Airport.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cold drinks; coke, mineral water, beer, Fanta etc.
  • Personal Expenses (shower, boiled water, telephone, laundry service etc).
  • Tips for guide and porters.

FAQs

You can get to Pokhara by Tourist bus or you can choose daily flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. March-May Trekking season begins after March. Trekking in the spring between mid-March and mid-April means that you will get to see the incredible displays of Rhododendrons that flower in the forests around Ghorepani. Temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May.  Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains. June-August It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23?  and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Because of the rainfall  Rhododendron forests around Ghorepani will be rife with leeches. However, the northern sections around the Mustang Region don’t get as affected by the monsoon as it lies within a rainshadow area Though the rain may cause some problems. Various plants bloom during this season, the valleys will be a green and totally different view than during other seasons. Please note that rain clouds may back views and mudslides are common around the entire circuit. September-October This is a favourite among tourists with the most favourable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines brightly the skies are clear you get a  superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for a daytime trek. you can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20c in high altitudes, the nights are cold,temperatures may go down around 5c.the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripen in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during this season.this is the busiest period on the Annapurna Circuit and lodges  book up quickly, we recommend booking with Discovery world Trekking as soon as possible for this season. November November is a busy season, the clearest month, with the crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions, the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights. December-February The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February, climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures to get extremely cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. At over 5,000 metres, Thorung La Pass is often deluged with snow and will close for days on end when this happens. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. with snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time.it may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.do keep in mind that late February- early March is also the period in the Annapurna Region when avalanches are most common. Please Note: Weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is the accepted and honoured way of say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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